2014 Selection Panelists
Meet the 2014 N-Peace Selection PanelistsWe’ve pulled together some amazing people to judge the four special categories that aren’t determined by the public vote:
- Breaking Stereotypes – Women
- Campaigning for Action – Women and Men Mobilizing for Peace
- The Peace Generation – Young Women and Men Building Peace
- Thinking Outside the Box – Bring New Solutions to Persistent Problems
Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, femLINKpacific coordinator (Fiji)
A major influencer on women, peace and security issues in the Pacific, Sharon has helped give Pacific women a platform to voice and exchange ideas through femLINKpacific. An advocate for gender balance in government ICT policy, Sharon has also steered the regional implementation of UNSCR 1325.
Abigail Disney, filmmaker and philanthropist (United States)
Abigail’s groundbreaking film and television work, including Pray the Devil Back to Hell and the PSB series Women, War & Peace, has helped increase awareness of the unreported roles women play in peacebuilding. In 2009 Abigail also founded Peace is Loud, an advocacy organization that uses media and events to build peace.
Zahra' Langhi, Libyan Women's Platform for Peace co-founder (Libya)
Named by Helen Clark as a ‘woman to watch in global politics,’ Zahra’s mobilization efforts saw Zibyan women demanding their right to political participation (women now account for 17% of Libya’s MPs). She is a strong advocate of the need for women and women’s rights to be fully integrated in the transition to democracy.
Asmaa Mahfouz, April 6 Youth Movement co-founder (Egypt)
Asmaa’s activism and use of social and other media channels to bring visibility to social injustices has inspired millions. Her v-log calling for Egyptians to show up in Tahrir on January 25, 2011 to protest corruption and oppression helped spark the revolution. In 2011 she was awarded a Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for contributions to ‘historic changes in the Arab world.’
Luz Méndez, National Union of Guatemalan Women (Guatemala)
A women’s rights and peace activist, Luz has a long history of advocating for gender equality in peacebuilidng and in peace accord commitments. She took part in the table of peace negotiations that ended Guatemala's 36-year conflict. Her work with the National Union of Guatemalan Women sees Luz working to achieve justice for survivors of sexual violence during conflict.
Rahul (Monty) Sangar, Media studies lecturer and freelance journalist/producer (Australia)
Monty has wide-ranging media experience (reporter, presenter, producer and documentary maker), in both Australia and in Asia. In addition to working as a freelance journalist, he currently teaches television production, and media law and ethics at Mahidol University International College.
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